May 2, 2019 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah


Friday, May 3, 2019
Nissan 28, 5779
Shabbat Candle Lighting - 7:39pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Nissan 29, 5779
Shabbat Service - 9:30 am
Shabbat  Ends- 8:45 pm
Torah Reading: 
Parshah Acharei Mot 
Leviticus 16:1 - 18:30 

Click here for an entertaining and informative G-dcast video on Parshah Acharei Mot, narrated by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Levie, founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc.
Rabbi Or Rose 
We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Or Rose will be joining us to lead Shabbat services on Saturday, May 4th, May 18th, and June 29th. 

For our new members who may be unfamiliar with Rabbi Rose, he has been our "visiting Rabbi Scholar" for much of the existence of TCS/NT. He joins us for Shabbat several times a year and leads our High Holiday services, but more than that, his wisdom, humor, insights, compassion, and great love for our community always inspires us to dig a little deeper into what it means to be a Jew. 

Rabbi Rose is a founding faculty member of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA, and is currently the Director of the College's Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership.
Professor Jeffrey Rubenstein
Visiting Scholar
Shabbat, June 15th

Professor Jeffrey Rubenstein will be joining us on June 15th as a visiting scholar. He is a Professor of Jewish Thought and Literature at NYU's
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and author of many books and articles on Rabbinic stories; Talmud; Jewish law; Jewish Liturgy; ethics; and Second Temple literature.

Click here to read more about Professor Rubenstein.
IMO David Kranz
Alan Gelb & Karen Levine
Jamie Stiller & Jim Farrell

Refuah Shleyma to Sheldon Lichtblau
Jamie Stiller & Jim Farrell
Ken Kranz & Barbara Lax

F ridays at 9:30AM at the Synagogue
Donation of $10/class & 4 class commitment
Weekly Yoga classes led by registered Yoga teacher Rachel Haley. If you don't have your own yoga equipment Rachel will have extras on hand.

Contact Jamie Stiller  to register for classes or w/questions.
To  learn more about Rachel, visit: 
Sit/Stand Exercise
If you're feeling a bit achy or out of shape after our long winter, here's something for you! TCS/NT member, and dancer, choreographer, physician-assistant Jamie Stiller will be teaching a sit/stand exercise group. The group is planning to meet weekly at TCS/NT from 11:45 - 12:15, day of the week TBD. The focus of these classes will be on building strength in your core and extremities, learning to breathe mindfully to fuel your entire body, and having fun! 
If you're interested, please contact Marsha Kessler at 518/641-2928 or
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Join Us For a Solidarity Shabbat With Rabbi Or Rose
Saturday, May 4th, 9:30 am
at the Synagogue

In light of the recent attack at the Poway Chabad Synagogue, our Shabbat service will include special prayers of mourning, lament, and solidarity. Following our tefilah (prayer service), we will engage in a group study, focusing on the period between Passover and Shavuot - Sefirat Ha'Omer - as a time for personal and communal reflection and refinement.

Let us come together this Shabbat to stand with our brothers and sisters in Poway, and in solidarity against hate and bias.
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day
Sunday, May 5th at 2pm
at the Synagogue

Yellow Star candle sculpture by Israeli artist Chanock Ben-Dov.
On Sunday, May 5th, we will gather at the Synagogue to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will be screening the 1995 film, "Anne Frank Remembered," an award-winning documentary, narrated by Kenneth Branagh and Glenn Close. This moving film features previously released archival material as well as contemporary interviews with Frank family friends, relatives, and Miep Gies, the woman who risked death to shelter the family.

In addition to the film, we will be exhibiting photos documenting a Holocaust-themed installation project by three Chatham High School 9th grade english classes. The project, titled, "Good vs. Evil: What Happens When Good and Evil Collide" was based on their reading of the Elie Wiesel autobiographical masterpiece, "Night."

The film will be followed by memorial prayers and candle-lighting.
Disaster Response Preparedness & Active Shooter Training Workshop
Offered by the New York State Citizens Preparedness Corps
Saturday, May 4th from 5-7pm
at the Synagogue
Free & open to all

Join fellow community members at TCS/NT for a disaster response preparedness and active shooter training workshop offered by the New York State Citizens Preparedness Corps. Participants will learn how to be ready for natural or man-made disasters and will receive an emergency preparedness kit. The workshop is free, but you  MUST  register in advance to reserve space at .  
Beverages and light snacks provided. 
TCS/NT Reading Series: The Book of Samuel & The Birth of Monarchy
Two New Sessions Added
Saturday, May 4th  and May 18th at the Synagogue
After services & kiddush. Approx. 12:15 pm
"Brown bag" (bring your own) lunches.
Free and open to all levels, no Hebrew required

Session 5- Saturday, May 4th
" The Danger From Within - Continued"

The Book of Samuel is considered the earliest treatise on politics and power, detailing the critical transformation of the Israelites from a fractious coalition of tribes to a unified monarchy with a central government.
2 panels depicting Samuel. The Morgan Picture Bible, c.1250

In this fifth part of our  now 6-part series, we will explore the dangers that ensue when the logic of power is undermined by the logic of love. We will be reading from 2 Samuel, Chapters 13 through 19, verse 9.

Click here for an excellent online English translation of The Book of Samuel. If you prefer to purchase, click here for Robert Alter's unparalleled translation.

If you missed Session 1, 2 3, or 4 you can find them at the following links: 
Happy 20th Anniversary To Us

TCS/NT is celebrating a milestone anniversary - it's been 20 years since our founding and as part of our year long commemoration, we'll be having a member's only celebration on July 13th that will feature, among other things, a journal with stories and reminiscences by both founder members and newer members. 

The journal will also contain business ads and congratulatory ads from members and community friends. The revenue from these ads will help us continue to provide religious services open to all; educational, entertainment, and cultural events open to all of the Chatham-area community; as well as community-based social action programs, and interfaith activities.

If you would like to purchase an individual or business ad (or both) you can download pdfs of either ad form or email us at to arrange another way of accessing the forms.

Mazel Tov
TCS/NT members Jody Porter & Gabe Wolosky and Karen Levine & Alan Gelb announce the birth of their grandson, Gideon Wolosky Gelb, born to Molly Wolosky and Nathaniel Gelb on April 21st in New York City. Labor began right after Dayenu at the second night Seder! All the best and much nachas to the kvelling grandparents and proud parents.
Social Action
Community Mitzvah Day
June 30th / Times TBD
Various locations

The Social Action Committee is organizing a Community Mitzvah Day in honor of TCS's 20th anniversary.  We are compiling a list of local organizations in need of help and determining volunteer numbers will help our planning. These are the current organizations on our list:
If you are interested in volunteering at any of these organizations, please contact  for further details and to be added to the list. Volunteer work to be followed by a light nosh, drinks, and lawn games back at TCS/NT.
Calling All Knitters

Come join fellow TCS/NT knitters for a good cause! The TCS/NT Social Action Committee is looking for volunteers to knit hats, scarves, and mittens that will be donated to the Chatham Head Start Program this coming Fall/Winter. This past winter, when we distributed gifts to the program's toy drive  we couldn't help notice there was also a need for warm winter gear. Put your knitting skills to good use for a great cause! Please contact  to learn more. Weekly or bi-weekly meeting times TBD, based on response. 
Out & About
Art Opening: Joyce Goldstein Gallery
"Up With People"
April 27 - May 25th
19 Central Square, Chatham

"Up With People" is a new exhibition opening at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham (Joyce is a TCS/NT member). The exhibition  is a nod toward a humanist perspective aimed at empathy and a return to beauty and sincerity. The eight painters participating in the exhibit  represent a cross-section of different artist communities.
Two Exhibits Featuring the Work of TCS/NT Member Jody Schoenfeld

"Raw Vision"
featuring works by outsider artists, Joel Schiller, Jody Schoenfeld, Kelly Moore, Apedog hobbes
aMuse Gallery
Exhibition: April 25th - May 27th

"Styx and Stones"
Kinderhook Memorial Library
18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook
Opening Reception: Sat. May, 11 4-6pm
Neighbors of Northern Columbia County (NNCC)  Public Launch Events:
These events include information on how to join NNCC, and participate in the self-help support network of caring friends and volunteers.
May 6, 1pm at the New Lebanon Library, 550 Rt. 20, New Lebanon
May 19, 1pm at the Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook

TCS/NT member Janet Carey is a founding member of NNCC whose mission is to help seniors age-in-place through a self-help membership support network. The organization serves Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Ghent, Kinderhook, and New Lebanon. You can find  information about NNCC services on their website at: . You can also contact Janet Carey at 518-794-7379 or .